Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{Press} State lifts right whale advisory in Cape Cod Bay

Cape Cod Times | K.C. MYERS | May 18, 2011

"BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Wednesday lifted the advisory issued last month that urged boaters to avoid the endangered North Atlantic right whales, which had congregated in large numbers in Cape Cod Bay.

An aerial survey conducted of the bay on May 13 by the Center for Coastal Studies and the Division of Marine Fisheries have revealed that the right whales have left the area.

With the departure of these animals from the bay and nearby Race Point, the Commonwealth is lifting the April 15th advisory to mariners in this area.

Boaters should remain on the lookout for right whales as they may still be present on the backside of Cape Cod and in the Great South Channel.

On April 25, the Right Whale Conservation Program – a joint project between the Division of Marine Fisheries and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies – documented a recording-breaking 124 whales in an aerial survey of the bay and adjacent waters.

Last year, the most right whales seen during a single aerial survey was 70.

Marine officials estimated that over 50 percent of the known population of North Atlantic right whales gathered in the area around Cape Cod to feed.

Right whales are the most endangered large whale in the North Atlantic, with a population of approximately 450 animals

For more information, visit the DMF website at www.mass.gov/marinefisheries."

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